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Letter: You can’t close the Grand Canyon
I need to say this -- Yes, the national parks are “closed” but they are still there. It’s sort of like the sun on a cloudy day -- it’s still up in the sky, but you can’t see it.
You can’t actually close the Grand Canyon. The shutdown, we might explain to overseas visitors, is a constitutional ritual. There has been no illegal usurpation of powers; it’s being done by the book. The shutdown will take as long as it takes, and the varying parties will resolve their differences. Or you might think of it as a party game -- to see who can hold their breath the longest.
I call for a National Day of Non-Action. The government is not working; why should we? Join me in doing nothing, or as little as possible. I have the novel notion that this so-called “shutdown” is really the tired wheezing of a worn-out overloaded piece of machinery called the federal government. Maybe we should just give it a rest and don’t use it for a while. And give yourself a rest too. Take a walk in your neighborhood -- you will quickly find somebody who can use your help.
And let’s face it -- for most of you, what you do is not essential -- if you put it off for a few days no harm would come.
No cause for panic. Let the major media journalists and the high-powered politicos make their grandstand plays, but do not heed their dramatic warnings. Our country is not facing utter ruin. We are actually doing quite well. To confirm that judgment, I suggest that you look out the window -- Do you see madness and mayhem?
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